9781250078971

Endzone The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football

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    9781250078971

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    1250078970

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 9/1/2015
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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Summary

Endzone tells the story of how college football's most successful, richest and respected program almost lost all three in less than a decade - and entirely of its own doing. It is a story of hubris, greed, and betrayal - a tale more suited to Wall Street than the world's top public university.
Author John U. Bacon takes you inside the offices, the board rooms and the locker rooms of the University of Michigan to see what happened, and why - with countless eye-opening, head-shaking scenes of conflict and conquest.
But Endzone is also an inspiring story of redemption and revival. When those who loved Michigan football the most recognized it was being attacked from within, they rallied to reclaim the values that made it great for over a century -- values that went deeper than dollars. The list of heroes includes players, students, lettermen, fans and faculty - and the leaders who had the courage to listen to them.
Their unprecedented uprising produced a new athletic director, and a new coach - the hottest in the land - who vindicated the fans' faith when he turned down more money and fame to return to the place he loved most: Michigan.
If you love a good story, you'll want to dive into Endzone: The Rise, Fall and Return of Michigan Football.

Author Biography

John U. Bacon has written for <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, <i>Time</i> magazine, <i>The New York Times</i>, and <i>ESPN Magazine</i>, among other publications, earning national honors. He is the author of seven books on sports and business, including the <i>New York Times</i> bestsellers, <i>Three and Out</i> and <i>Fourth and Long</i>. Bacon is also a popular public speaker.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Part I: 1879-2007 THE RISE
1. The Absorbing Interest 3
2. The First Michigan Men 7
3. The Canham Model 15
4. Stumbling on Stage 20
5. All the Eggs in One Basket 25
6. The Maize Halo 33
7. Rebuilding the Big House 36
8. The Prodigal Son 44
9. Searching Outside The Family 52
Part II: 2010 THE BRANDON ERA BEGINS
10. The Pizza King 59
11. The Ideal Candidate 67
12. First Impressions 71
13. Resorts and Rivalries 76
14. Rededicating the Big House 83
15. Internal Doubts 87
16. Fire 'em Fridays 93
17. A Watershed Week 96
18. Strike One 100
19. Holiday Cheer 104
Part III: 2011 HOKE'S HONEYMOON
20. Firing and Hiring 111
21. "This is Michigan" 118
22. The Color Wheel Blooms 123
23. "Pay up and Shut up" 126
24. Brandon's Vision Revealed 131
25. Let's Do It Their Way 137
26. Oh, What a Night 140
27. Uniformz, Buckeyes, and BCS Bowls 146
Part IV: 2012 WELCOME TO 2012
28. Coaching Exodus 155
29. Losing the Lettermen 161
30. Brandon's Master Plan 164
31. The Envelope 169
32. Plan B- and Plan C 175
33. Win Some, Lose Some 181
34. Strike Three 185
35. Full Steam Ahead 189
Part V: 2013 JUMPING OFF THE BANDWAGON
36. Hagerup Makes Up His Mind 197
37. Disrespect 203
38. The Students Fight Back 208
39. Hagerup Makes His Pitch 219
40. Marketing Mistakes 223
41. The Chicken Dance 229
42. Stumbling on and off the Field 233
43. The Students Win a Round 241
44. Hoke's Tipping Point 251
45. Early Morning E-mail 254
46. Wrong-Way Wolverines 258
47. CSG Showdown 263
Part VI: 2014 THE FALL
48. President Schlissel's Introduction 273
49. A Qualified Victory 277
50. O Captain! My Captain! 283
51. The Revolving Door 288
52. The Natives Get Restless 299
53. Fireworks 303
54. All Aboard the S.S. Boike 308
55. Track Tour 312
56. Getting Ready for Some Football 315
57. PostGame Drama 320
58. The Flame Gets Hot 323
59. Getting Nowhere, Slowly 330
60. From Sell outs to Hand outs 333
61. A Bad Week 337
62. The Flame Spreads 340
63. A Gallon of Gasoline 342
64. Sunday 350
65. Marathon Monday 353
66. The Brandon Rally 362
67. The "Save Dave" Committee 364
68. Seeking Redemption at Rutgers 369
69. Making a Stand 373
70. The Students Speak, and Everyone Listens 379
71. Revenge of the Old Farts 385
72. A Committee of One 388
73. I Suggest You Find a New Team 393
74. Last Words 399
Part VII: 2014 THE RETURN
75. A Call for Help 407
76. Team Harbaugh Gears Up 413
78. Plenty of Seats Still Available 426
79. The Longest Season 430
80. Moving in a Different Direction 436
81. Hagerup's Farewell 444
82. Searching for Signs 448
83. Landing Harbaugh 453
Epilogue 458
Acknowledgments 461

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